International Affairs (CG-DCO-I), Training & Technical Assistance
The experience of the Coast Guard in organizing, managing, training, and operating a multi-mission maritime service has been studied and often emulated by maritime services of other nations. Frequently, the Coast Guard is requested to assist other nations in enhancing or developing their maritime services.
The strengthening of other nations' maritime capabilities supports U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives by promoting cooperation and compliance with international laws, by encouraging harmonized standards throughout the world, and by promoting internationally recognized human rights concepts. Assistance to other nations is provided in a variety of ways, ranging from complete design of a coast guard service to answering operational questions about Coast Guard equipment or activities. Technical assistance is provided through expert analysis and counsel, equipment transfers, and training.
The Coast Guard developed a Model Maritime Service Code to identify the fundamental legal authority that a multi-mission, maritime service needs to function effectively. Training in this Model Code has been presented to over 20 countries. The Coast Guard has also developed an International Maritime Operations Guide to help new maritime services develop operational doctrines and procedures to exercise their legal authority.